However, I'm also impressed – in a somewhat different way - by this photograph of a Voss, a typewriter which is in another state altogether from the beauties in Richard’s possession. A close friend of mine has just returned from a vacation in
The Voss is on display in the Hanoi Women’s Museum. It was used by Ngo Ba Thanh ("The Rose in the
Madam Thanh (real name Pham Thi Thanh Van) was a doctor of law and deputy in the National Assembly. She was a member of the International Law and Practice American Bar Association, and the French Societe de Legislation Comparee, after graduating with doctorates in law from Paris University and Barcelona University and studying comparative law at Columbia University. During the Vietnam War, she was a member of "the third force" and was jailed for five years.
The American Biographical Institute selected her as a "Woman of the Year” in 1998 and the International Biography Centre in
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in late 1992, Madam Thanh was described as “one of the precious cultural bridges between the Western world andMadam Thanh was quoted as saying, “I wanted peace, but at the time, the Vietnamese government said those who wanted it were either Communists or pro-Communists.” She said she had never been a Communist but was instead a peace activist.
”. The Times said, “Thanh has a reputation as a strong-willed, charismatic adjudicator who is used to speaking her mind at the risk of paying a price. She spent years in jail for her pro-Viet Cong views and activities in the 1960s under the fallen, US-backed Vietnam Saigon government.”
These days, second-hand typewriters are shipped by certain charities from Australia to Vietnam to be used by people in areas without electricity or who cannot afford computers.